NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
Voting restrictions aimed at communities of color disproportionately impact women in those communities. A democracy can’t function this way. Your governor needs to hear from you today!
The Paycheck Fairness Act helps women fight the wage gap by requiring greater transparency from employers – who would have to show that wage differences are job-related and not gender-based — and protects employees from retaliation when they share information about compensation.
TAKE ACTION — Please urge your senators and representatives to take leadership in getting minimum-wage bills out of committee and to a successful floor vote!
Urge your senator to support the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act (S. 897)! Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced this bill with the goal of offering students the same low interest rates that big banks pay.
NOW’s #RealPay campaign was meant to draw attention to how race affects the gender pay gap, but it was also meant to highlight what “mainstream” feminist discourse has been struggling with for decades: inclusion.
To celebrate Father’s Day, we at NOW wanted to highlight the many ways in which everyone in our society – yes, including men – have benefited from the feminist movement.
It’s tempting to look solely at the wage gap and think the only thing keeping men and women from economic parity is 23 cents. We tend to ignore the other ways women, especially LGBTQ-identified women, women of color, and LGBTQ-identified women of color, are saddled with undo economic burdens because complication is hard.
Senate Republicans blocked a vote to raise the minimum wage yesterday, for a number of SUPER SERIOUS REASONS like “jobs” and “small business owners” and “the economy.” The current minimum wage is only two-thirds of the 1968 minimum wage, adjusted for i… Read more »
Mark Shrayber writes for Cosmopolitan: “Walmart is often seen as a magical wonderland that features low prices, huge selection, and sometimes, an in-store McDonald’s. But how often do you consider the men and women who work at the store? For many, the work is excruciating. And for single moms, surviving a job at the corporation is near impossible.”Read more
Terry O’Neill visited New York last Thursday to push the state legislature in Albany to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ten-point Women’s Equality Act, which hopes to end gender-based discrimination.Read more
NOW Applauds Focus on Communities of Color in “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, Urges President Obama to Include Girls and Young Women of Color
The National Organization for Women (NOW) applauds President Obama’s refocusing the nation’s attention, through the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, on the deep racial disparities in education, economic well-being, housing and health care facing people of color. At the same time, we share the concerns expressed by over 200 African American men in their letter urging the president to expand this promising initiative to include girls and women of color — who live in the same households, suffer in the same under-resourced schools, and struggle to overcome a common history of limited opportunities caused by various forms of discrimination.Read more
Molly Redden writes for Mother Jones: “With Republicans trying to avoid a repeat of 2012′s Todd Akin disaster and retake the Senate, the Georgia GOP establishment was happy to see David Perdue, a self-funded businessman, leading in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s Senate primary. Compared to gaffe machines such as Rep. Paul Broun, who has pushed personhood for zygotes, and Rep. Phil Gingrey, who defended Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, the former Dollar General CEO seemed unlikely to introduce fraught gender issues into the general election—where Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, is polling well against the GOP field.”Read more
Information from various sources on the necessity of Social Security and Medicare for women.
Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value. This disparity not only affects women’s spending power, it penalizes their retirement security by creating gaps in Social Security and pensions.
In 2002, the National Organization for Women named Walmart a Merchant of Shame as part of its Women Friendly Workplace Campaign. Walmart’s dismal record contradicts the worker-friendly image it projects to the public. Join NOW in its campaign to demand changes in Walmart’s unfair practices.
NOW also reaffirms Walmart as a “Merchant of Shame” as part of its Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign. NOW chapters continue to lead countless community demonstrations at Walmart stores around the country to educate shoppers about Walmart’s exploitation of women.